- Publisher: Pan Books; New Edition edition (2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781509816002
- ISBN-13: 978-1509816002
- ASIN: 1509816003
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Glass Room (Vera Stanhope) Paperback – 2016
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The series revolves around mystery and murder (of course) and the personality of DCI Vera Stanhope.
How to describe Vera? Fierce. A bully at times. Intelligent. Adept at her job. Shabby in appearance. Often grumpy and cranky. Our Vera is quite a personality. She is also a rather brilliant detective.
I particularly liked the locale and atmosphere of THE GLASS ROOM. We are in a secluded ‘country house’ at a writer’s retreat; a workshop and also a ‘meet and greet’ for potential writers, professors and a publisher or two. A budding artist may gain insights on the writing process, some recognition and useful contacts.
The added twist here is that the workshops are dealing with crime writing. Very relevant for what happens in ‘the glass room’.
The dialogue, the detailed characters, the settings and incidents are all brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this title.
I read the Kindle/e-reader edition and I quite like the cover art. The books I have read in this series on my kindle have all had the same cut-out type picture on the cover. (I think ‘cover art’ is very unappreciated. I quite like book covers. I think they give a lot of information and can help set a certain tone for a title.)
I like that Joe was given a bit more personality in this title. Holly, also.
I’m a big Vera fan. Thank you, Ann Cleeves.
I started buying the books after watching a couple of the "Vera" episodes on tv (PBS). Very well done, although the character of Vera seems a nicer person on tv than in the book! Not the fat, unattractive, caustic person that is stressed in the books. Maybe wouldn't go down too well on tv.
I have two more in the mail and that I think will complete what is available. So, if I didn't care for one---that's not bad!
A murder takes place at a writers workshop in a fairly deserted area of North England. How are all these people connected? Then another murder takes place, and the scene is obviously staged. Vera is her usual superficially ditsy self, but underneath her detectives brain is working overtime.
A well done whodunit that is somewhat complicated, but not impossible to figure out near the end. I think Cleeves hits the right note allowing the reader some room to figure out who the killer is, if they've paid attention to all the clues dropped. Very enjoyable fast read.
The personal relationships make this series special, much is alluded to and I'm sure breadcrumbs are dropped throughout the series.